United States votes against rights to development and food as human rights and fundamental freedoms . Goodwill to all men
Seeing it's Christmas and a time for goodwill to all men it is worth reflecting on what the UN General Assembly are up to.
Sixty-third General Assembly - Third Committee - 46th & 47th Meetings (AM & PM)
THIRD COMMITTEE DRAFT TEXT ENDORSES RECOMMENDATIONS, FUTURE WORKPLAN OF HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL’S WORKING GROUP ON RIGHT TO DEVELOPMENT - Document GA/SHC/3941 24th November 2008
Approves 8 Resolutions for General Assembly Adoption;
Right to Food, Mercenaries, Combating Religious Defamation Among Issues
Approved by a vote of 177 in favour to 1 against (United States), with 2 abstentions (Canada and Israel),the resolution on the right to development would have the Assembly call on the Council to continue to ensure that its agenda promotes and advances sustainable development and the Millennium Development Goals and to lead to raising the right to development as set out in the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action, to the same level and on a par with all other human rights and fundamental freedoms (Annex IV).
By a vote of 180 in favour to 1 against (United States) and no abstentions, the Committee also approved a resolution on the right to food, by which the Assembly would “consider it intolerable” that more than 6 million children still died every year from hunger-related illness before their fifth birthday, and that the number of undernourished people had grown to about 923 million worldwide, at the same time that the planet could produce enough food to feed 12 billion people, or twice the world’s present population. (See Annex III.)
What are the chances that the President Elect will see changing these votes as a priority ?... or even speaking out against them ?
In September 2008, America’s Second Harvest changed its name to Feeding America. This new name best conveys our mission—providing food to Americans living with hunger—and will be supported through expansive public outreach campaigns that will raise awareness of domestic hunger and our work.
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